A Few Remarks Explanatory of the Motives which Guided the Operations of the British Army During the Late Short Campaign in Spain

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T. Egerton, 1809 - Great Britain - 30 pages

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Page 31 - Egerton, 1809. Observations on the Movements of the British Army in Spain, in Reply to the Statement lately published by Brig.
Page 29 - Vigo, whence the transports were assembled. In the first place, such was the state of the army, that it was an object of the very first importance, to shorten its march as much as possible ; the distance from Lugo to Vigo is just double that from Lugo to Corunna; and, secondly, had Sir John Moore marched by the direct road to Vigo, ie by Mellid, he must have resolved to abandon the whole of his artillery, as that road was not practicable for guns or carriages of any sort. He always looked to the...
Page 33 - Spain, he published a pamphlet entitled " A Few Remarks explanatory of the motives which guided the operations of the British army during the late short campaign in Spain," the object of which was to justify the retreat of Sir John Moore, and " to clear his reputation from that shade which by some has been cast over it.
Page 31 - Chief ordered tiie leading columns to march to Santiago, and from thence upon Vigo, it was his intention that the artillery should march direct upon Corunna, while the infantry re-embarked at Vigo : so that we here...
Page 4 - We depended, for our safety, on the rapidity of our flight; not on the vigour of our arms.
Page 34 - ... so that more than thirty hours elapsed before any active measures were taken for the removal of the army.
Page 34 - peVceived that some facts were misrepresented, many circumstances suppressed, and the whole so strangely distorted, that the most ordinary occurrence is sometimes unintelligible, even to the best informed reader.

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